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Cagayan de Oro City Council okays establishment of city drinking water analysis lab

July 14, 2020

TO provide drinking water laboratory analysis services to constituents, the 19th City Council during its regular session presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy enacted an ordinance establishing the Cagayan de Oro City drinking water bacteriological analysis laboratory. The purpose of the ordinance is for the city to make available assured quality laboratory for drinking water analysis with regular monitoring and analysis of all water sources to ensure public health, and to provide establishments in Cagayan de Oro with access to bacteriological water analysis examinations. This is in line with PD No. 856 or the Code of Sanitation of the Philippines, which prescribes the standards and procedures in ensuring water quality to be implemented in all levels of local government units. As provided in the ordinance, the drinking water testing laboratory shall be compliant with the standards and requirements set by the Department of Health (DOH). The laboratory will have an adequate number of medical technologists, analysts and other health professionals with documented training and experience to conduct the laboratory procedures. It shall also have a  certified pathologist to supervise the activities in the laboratory in accordance with the standards set by the Philippine Society of Pathologists, and provide staff development and continuing education program at all levels of organization to upgrade the knowledge, attitude and skills of staff. As stipulated in the ordinance,  fees shall be charged for services to be paid at the City Treasurer’s Office. These services are: drinking water analysis (P500 to P700 per sample); test kits/reagents (P350); collection bottles (P120); disinfectants (P25); and forms (P4). The legislation was reviewed and endorsed by the committees on health and health insurance, on ways and means, and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Maria Lourdes S. Gaane, George Goking, and Ian Mark Q. Nacaya, respectively.

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DPWH Projects to Improve Accessibility in Western Mindanao Moves Forward

June 29, 2020

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) declared that the government’s priority infrastructure projects in Zamboanga Peninsula keeps on moving toward successful completion despite the Covid-19 pandemic.   In his report to Secretary Mark A. Villar, DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain said civil works for three (3) core subprojects under the Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project or IGCMRSP are on-going namely Alicia-Malangas Road (PR 06) and Lutiman – Guicam – Olutanga Road (PR 09) in the Province of Zamboanga Sibugay; and Tampilisan – Sandayong Road (PR 07) in the Province of Zamboanga del Norte.   With the resumption of limited domestic commercial flight to Zamboanga, Undersecretary Sadain together with Project Director Sharif Madsmo Hasim of UPMO Roads Management Cluster 2 (Multilateral) have travelled to Western Mindanao for the conduct of regular monitoring visits to these projects and met with contractors and consultants to address the challenges of the project implementation. Undersecretary Sadain said that updates about the project implementation with emphasis on significant milestones since project started in March 2019 and the planning of new activities were discussed including mitigation strategies that have been developed to ensure the correct implementation of the project in the light of the Covid-19 health emergency.   The meeting is of paramount importance to continually assessed and discussed challenges of project implementation in view of establishing a common strategy to early management of problems and for DPWH project team on the ground to understand the impact of delays or opportunities presented by completing work ahead of schedule, added Undersecretary Sadain. The P25.257 Billion IGCMRSP funded with a loan amounting P19.080 Billion by the Asian Development Bank and P6.117 Billion to be funded by the Government of the Philippines, is composed of seven (7) road sections with a total length of 166.94 kilometers and Guicam Bridge with a length of 540.8 lineal meters all located in Zamboanga Peninsula and three (3) bridges with a length of 1,047.40 lineal meter located in Tawi-Tawi Province. The project will enhance and hasten economic development, reduce the travel time, provide safe and efficient travel, and improve peace and order situation in Mindanao. Major works for the on-going Alicia-Malangas Road includes construction of 23.73 km concrete road traversing 15 barangays of the Municipalities of Alicia and Malangas meeting a required carriageway width for a national secondary road of 6.70 meter with shoulder width of 1.5 meters on both sides.   The project amounting P1.319 Billion and scheduled for completion by ‪March 2022 ‬also covers the replacement of eight (8) bridges and construction/improvement of existing drainage and slope protection structures. On the otherhand, the P623.260 Million Tampilisan - Sandayong Road Project covers the upgrading of 15.07 km existing combined barangay/municipal roads generally made up of gravel with 3 to 4 meter width to standard specifications of a secondary national road. The Tampilisan - Sandayong Road when completed by September 2021 will provide a direct link between Dipolog and Pagadian Cities by-passing Ipil which is the capital town of Zamboanga Sibugay.   The start of the project road is at the junction of the Dipolog-Ipil National Highway and the Sto. Nino barangay road traversing Barangays New Dapitan, Poblacion, Farmington, Situbo and ends at Barangay Sandayong’s road crossing with road to Naga town proper, Zamboanga Sibugay. The P989.69 Million Lutiman – Guicam – Olutanga Road targetted for completion by September 2021 involves the concrete paving of 29.10 km of national tertiary road made up of gravel and construction of a 60.98 lineal meters bridge following the existing alignment traversing the Municipalities of Alicia, Mabuhay, Talusan and Olutanga, Zamboanga Sibugay Province and leading to a ferry operation at Guicam Channel of about 440 meter channel width to connect Guicam to Mabuhay in Olutanga Island. Under procurement stage is the proposed Guicam Bridge Project which involves construction of 540 lineal meter bridge that will link Barangay Lutiman, Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay and Olutanga port.   Other sections included in the ADB funded projects located in Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga City and Zamboanga Sibugay are: 14.72 km Gutalac Baliguian Alternate Road (PR-1a); 32.31 km R.T. Lim Siocon Road (PR-08); 33.08 km Curuan - Sibuco Road; and 18.93 km Siay- Gapol Road. Three (3) bridges will also be built in Tawi-Tawi Province with a total length of 1,047 lineal meters namely Nalil- Sikkiat Bridge over Bongao Channel; Tongsinah Paniongan Bridge over Sanga Sanga channel; and Malassa- Lupa Pula Bridge over Manalik Channel to mainland Tawi-Tawi Island.

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City accepts donated NHA-owned properties

June 18, 2020

THROUGH Ordinance No. 13894-2020., the 19th City Council headed by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy accepted the offer of the National Housing Authority (NHA) to donate to the city government the housing units, road networks and open spaces of the NHA-Mambuaya Village Phase 1 located in Barangay Mambuaya; MHA-Lumbia Heights Phase 1 at Sitio Pahiron, Lumbia;  and NHA-Bayanihan Village Phase 1 at Macapaya, Barangay Camaman-an.   The National Housing Authority implemented the development of NHA-CDO Bayanihan Village Phase 1 to provide permanent resettlement site for families affected by Typhoon Sendong.   There is a need to transfer the completed projects to enable the city government to administer, operate, maintain the completed components and utilize, maintain and/or improve the same in accordance with its functions and responsibilities pertaining to these facilities, The Gavel learned.   The ordinance also authorizes Mayor Oscar Moreno to enter into and sign the respective deed of donation and acceptance of the properties.

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Kuya Jocals pledge to shoulder funeral  expenses of a mom who committed suicide

June 17, 2020

DESPITE beset with problems and pressures of his international company, Businessman Joshua Calderon pledged to shoulder the funeral expenses of a mother who committed suicide. The businessman overheard the sad fate of a woman on Magnum Radio program and texted the anchorman Manny Agustero that he is pledging to pay all the expenses that will be incurred during the wake and funeral of the victim.   MAN WITH A BIG HEART. Philantropist Joshua Calderon shoulders the funeral expenses of a mother who committed suicide due to love triangle problems.   Mr Calderon has been known for his humanitarian efforts in the past especally on helping the frontliners in many parts of the country. He gave PPEs, sacks of rice, snacks and other protection items to frontliners amid the threats of the deadly coronavirus disease.  Just recently, this good samaritan businessman also rewarded a trike driver who donated his one day income to another resident of this city who also committed suicide due to too much hardships and poverty. Mr Calderon pledged to shoulder the packaged burial and funeral expenses worth P27,000. Other pledges of P1,000 each also flooded the morning radio program of Manny Agustero. "Daghan gyud kaayong salamat sa hinabang ni Jocals. Sir, ang ginoo nay maigo mobalos sa imong kaayo, ug magadugang ug daghan blessings nganha kanimo. (Thank you so much for the help Jocals. The Lord Almighty is going to reciprocate your kindness and generosity with abundant blessings)  THE STORY When a news broke out about a mother who works in one of the malls in the city committed suicide due to an alleged love triangle, Magnum radio conducted a thorough investigation of the case and sent a reporter to the scene of the crime. Pedrito Amarga, father of the victim - a 29-year-old mom Regie Amarga who take her own life by committing a suicide. The victim has three siblings, it was learned during an interview conducted by the radio station. The victim's husband, according to the report, has left the victim and went to another woman. This prompted the victim to become depressed as they had three children to feed and take care of. "Nganong naghikog man intawon kining akong anak nga pagkadaghan sa mga lalake. Aduna raba kini tulo ka mga anak," the victim's father Pedrito said The victim's sister said she's been following her elder sister's marriage problem and she's been giving her advice to take her marriage problem lightly because she has three siblings.

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14-year-old boy beaten by three youngsters for suspicion of stealing phone now viral on Facebook

June 17, 2020

LUCBAN, Quezon - A fourteen-year-old boy who was beaten by three youngsters for suspicion of stealing a cellphone and wallet has become viral on the internet. Her mother identified her son as Charles Salvador. He was the subject of suspicion among their neighbors after he was suspected of carting away their belongings - including a cellphone and a wallet reportedly containing P40.00 The said incident has become viral on Facebook since it was posted over Pinoy Abroad Tambayan, with almost 2 million viewers. Her mother has contacted Noypi Vlogger appealing for support for his child who was a victim of  mulling by still unidentified youngsters in their hometown.       One of the irate Facebookers challenged authorities to bring the matter to proper authorities so that the child will be brought to justice. "Gago ang tapang ninyo! Ano kaya kung sa inyo yan gawin Put.... ka liit liit ng kalaban. Kung umasta parang sino. 

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LGU: SAAD sparks San Fernando’s agri dev’t

June 4, 2020

After her town received P3.2 million worth of agricultural assistance from the Department of Agriculture-Region 10 (DA-10) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD-10) Program in 2018 and 2019, San Fernando, Bukidnon Municipal Agriculturist, Coleen Alva C. Ambos acknowledged SAAD as instrument to the town’s agricultural development. “SAAD sparks agricultural development in San Fernando. The program has great impact in our effort to uplift the living condition of our farmers,” Ambos accounted in an interview during SAAD projects monitoring in the town. Due to high poverty incidence rate, San Fernando was among the 13 municipalities in Bukidnon included in the SAAD program of the Department of Agriculture in 2018. Since then, the LGUs started to receive SAAD interventions and assistance to support the towns’ priority agri-livelihood projects. SAAD interventions include provisions of hybrid corn seeds with complete fertilizers, provision of high value commercial crops seedlings (cacao and coffee), provision of vegetable seeds with organic fertilizers and garden tools, provision of swine and drugs and biologics and construction of Multi Crop Drying Pavement (MCDP). “Our SAAD projects have been smoothly implemented. Right now we are looking forward to grow the projects to benefit more of our farming constituents. Our swine recipients are now due to pledge 3 piglets to be handed to our next-in-line beneficiaries. This is our strategy to sustain the project,” Ambos shared disclosing her office is now heightening their efforts to expand the SAAD-funded projects. The SAAD farmer-beneficiaries in baranagay Tugop have organized themselves into a DOLE-registered association. The group is eager to start their association’s business after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. “SAAD projects had helped poor farmers like us to be productive and help our families. Our SAAD drying center (MCDP) will be turned over hopefully in June. We will start its operation soon after, so that our association can already start earning out of the project,” said Arlyn Ananangkil, Tugop SAAD Farmers Association’s President. There were a total of 50 SAAD farmer-beneficiaries in San Fernando. “Our long term goal is to assist our SAAD farmers to come up with their own product and convert their farms into farm tourism sites. We can provide them training in terms of processing and marketing of the product and link them to other government agencies (for product development),” Ambos vowed. While calling for the beneficiaries’ unyielding persistence and cooperation, the young and visionary municipal agriculturist commits to provide the farmers the needed technical assistance to make them well-adopted to the agri-livelihood projects of SAAD. “Along the way we will encounter tribulation. But this will not stop us to serve our farmers and build them a better community,” Ambos concluded, expressing the LGU’s appreciation of DA’s agricultural assistance to the town.#(ATalib)

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